Papaya Vietnamese Contemporary Tapas

4.8
362 reviews
$30 and under
Vietnamese
Papaya is a modern BYOB Vietnamese restaurant located in North Wales. Our intimate 48-seat dining room features an open kitchen with a chef's counter for customers that would be interested in seeing how their meals are prepared by the chefs. Papaya is about redefining Vietnamese cuisine with a contemporary flare. Owner Chef Patrick Le uses recipes learned from his mother to define the core of the menu as well as adds ever changing specials featuring fresh seafood and homemade desserts that he has been inspired by. Fusing Vietnamese with other cuisines allows for bolder, more experimental dishes that aren't at the typical Vietnamese restaurant. Here at Papaya we strive to create a blissful atmosphere where diners can come and enjoy a contemporary style yet traditional Vietnamese cuisine.
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vipMaria
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Great food and friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Slight disappointment because there were vegetables missing from our Pho. But it was delicious anyway! Our waitress was incredibly sweet and attentive. We will definitely be back!!

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vipErinM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants. Food is always excellent. Servers are friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant! Polite staff. Cute date spot. Authentic food, great quality food. A must for the foodie.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was DELICIOUS, and the service was amazing. This is a hidden gem in north wales.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a delightful discovery this place is! I took my fiancé here for his birthday. The hostess/waitress was both cheerful and courteous. She accommodated my request for a more private area of the restaurant graciously. We started off with Brussels sprouts, a favorite of ours and Papaya’s version did not disappoint. We also had the corn appetizer (street corn?). Which was wonderful! For the main meal I had the pad Thai, and my fiancé had he paella (!), both were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to Papaya on multiple occasions, and we always have an amazing dining experience. The food is outstanding and expertly prepared, with the perfect amount of flavor and spices. The menu is constantly evolving, so there is always something new to try. During our most recent visit, we had the beef short rib appetizer, brussels sprouts, and calamari and crabmeat appetizer. All amazing. We also had seafood paella and filet mignon pho as entrées. Everything was phenomenal. The service is excellent, and the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and accommodating. Papaya is like a 5-star Center City Philadelphia restaurant conveniently tucked away in the suburbs. We also like the fact that it is BYOB, so we are able to bring our own wines for pairing with the delicious food.

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vipLindaB
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great flavorful food. We were sorry they ran out of a dish we were looking forward to eating. Fortunately they have numerous options to choose. It was so good to see the family, albeit at a distance.

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vipMyBoo
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants! The food is always great. We tend to order a number of tapas so we can taste a bit of everything that is packed with flavor. The pork Bahn Mi's, & sticky ribs are 2 of our favorites. We loved the soft-shelled shrimp, corn with sausage & chicken lettuce wraps. The family is warm & welcoming.

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Davek
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are so glad that we have a place like Papaya to enjoy outstanding food in a pleasant atmosphere. We hope that all of the are people that feel the same support them however possible as they work to survive this difficult time.

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Tricia
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are regulars at Papaya and have never had anything that was off-putting. The wonton soup is delicate and delicious. The tapas selections are varied and tasty. We enjoy sharing little bites of lots of things. Best mussels ever.

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vipAAg08
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food is always fresh and prepared perfectly. Michelle, our waitress, is always pleasant and very attentive.

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viplove2dine
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent and authentic - absolutely delicious and fresh selections! All staff members are attentive and friendly; shared dishes are the best way to enjoy the interesting variety offered. We especially enjoyed the short ribs and crispy shitakes, as well as the Pho which was not only traditionally made but totally wonderful and comforting. We could not be more thrilled that Papaya is so close to us and definitely intend to make it one of our local "go to" restaurants. Thank goodness for a local vietnamese that satifies thoroughly.

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vipFrank
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We love this place! Food is unique and cooked to order. It is a hidden gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First time there and everything was delicious! Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The edamame are amazing. This place never disappoints

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MargieM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. Friendly service. One of our favorites!

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vipLindaB
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The place was packed and service was slow, but the food, served with a smile, was delicious.

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vipmichaelf
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was amazing! From the ownership to the waiter to the young chef, simply awesome! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone I know and have already.

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vipLuv2eatout
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

I had the Pho which I usually really enjoy. This visit, the soup was very salty and did not have the same rich flavor it has had on previous visits. I could have overlooked this but must add that I also have had a negative experience in ordering my favorite dish. An older gentleman who works there has made comments about the fact that I usually order Pho, and has tried to get me to order something else. As a result of this, we may not be returning. Suggestion: let diners order what they want. I own a business and always honor my customers’ wishes.

Our waiter, by the way, was excellent.

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vipJCKP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Thanks so much for your wonderful service at dinner 1/25/20 6pm.

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ACslater
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always friendly service and the food is terrific. There is a seasonal menu that keeps things interesting and delicious, although the staples are always great. On the slightly pricier side but sharing plates keeps it reasonable for the quality.

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vipNothingSpecialThisVisit
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Keep up the great work! Delicious food - great service - good prices. What more could you want?

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vipChuck
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good overall experience. Too high a price for a $42 Soup entree, even if it did have a small lobster tail but the quality was very good. Tofu and mushroom tapas was very good even if a bit over salted. My son’s pork chop was perfectly done and delicious. Overall a very good experience at this little BYO with extremely friendly and attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

1st time and there were many items on the menu that I wanted to try! My favorites so far are the filet and edamame.

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vipFrank
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Staff very friendly. We loved it so much we are taking our family of 15 for dinner Sunday evening. Love the BYOB! Salted caramel dessert was superb!

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DougW
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great family run business with excellent food up and down the menu. Favorites are brussels sprouts and filet and watercress. Fried rice is wonderful. Crab and pea tips excellent. All great for sharing. Wonderful desserts too. Service extremely attentive. Love this place.

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vipAAg08
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was good except that they ran out of lettuce wraps and it was only 7pm

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vipAimeeB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. The food is always fresh and delicious, and the staff treat you like family.

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vipTomF
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent from start to finish. We received a warm greeting from the host and were immediately shown to our reserved counter seats with a great view of the kitchen. The entire staff was very friendly. Tried the soft shell shrimp based on our host’s recommendation and they were excellent. The other dishes we had including house vermicelli and monkfish specials were also very good and made with the freshest ingredients. Highly recommend.

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vipbetsymacpa
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As usual, a wonderful dinner at Papaya. My friend's first time at Papaya, and he was very impressed. Tried the short ribs for the first time - should have tried them long ago. Also kept with stand-bys - spring rolls, pea tips, and a new favorite, the shitake mushrooms. Thanks to Kayla who was a lovely server. Mr. Lee was his usual friendly self.

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Mezz
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The chef, Patrick Le, is truly amazing. He puts his own unique touch to each dish and succeeds in making your dining experience different each time you go to his restaurant. From the Tuna Tartare to the Filet Mignon Watercress salad, I have never been disappointed! The entire Le Family make you feel like you are one of there own! My highest praises go to Papaya! 5 ⭐️

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Elizabeth
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We sat in the back for a quieter and warmer evening. Loved everything about the meal and service!

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vipbetsymacpa
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great meal at Papaya, as usual. Love the shitake mushrooms and the vermicelli. Patricia is and excellent server, and her dad is a wonderful host/helper. I always feel welcome at Papaya.

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vipPaulaG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is amazing

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vipNanL
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Love the food here! I’ve visited 3 times and I look forward to many more visits.

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MaryB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place! Dishes each have a unique flavor profile and are made with fresh ingredients. Everything made in-house here. And the service is outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it here. Always great food and great service. Great people there.

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vipbetsymacpa
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

As always, had a lovely meal at Papaya. We had the pea tips and the shiitake mushrooms to start, and the vermicelli and Pho as entrees. Everything was fabulous, particularly the pea tips.

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vipVforge5
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always awesome, same experience this time. Please make Sea Bass Bites a regular menu item! Love that we can try so many different things on each visit and the family is welcoming and gracious. We drive 45 minutes to get here and always a wonderful experience.

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Papaya Vietnamese Contemporary Tapas is rated 4.8 stars by 362 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.